Dan Dan Noodles with Shrimp


Make these delicious, healthy dan dan noodles with a sesame-soy sauce, shrimp and peanuts in just 30 minutes. The Sichuan preserved vegetables add a bright pop of tangy, slightly fermented flavor. Look for them at an Asian market if you want the most authentic flavor or substitute kimchi.

Dan Dan Noodles with Shrimp
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 servings


  • 12 ounces Chinese flat noodles (see Tips) or linguine

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce (see Tips)

  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons Chinese sesame paste (see Tips) or tahini

  • 2 tablespoons chile-garlic sauce (see Tips)

  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons Sichuan preserved vegetables or kimchi, rinsed and chopped

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil or canola oil

  • 16 raw medium shrimp (10-12 ounces see Tips), peeled and deveined

  • ¼ cup chopped unsalted roasted peanuts

  • 3 scallions, finely chopped


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse well. Transfer to a large shallow serving bowl.

  2. Meanwhile, combine sugar, dark soy sauce, reduced-sodium soy sauce, sesame paste (or tahini), chile-garlic sauce, broth and vinegar in a small bowl. Place near the stove. Pat dry preserved vegetables (or kimchi) with a paper towel. Place near the stove.

  3. Heat a 14-inch flat-bottom carbon-steel wok or large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add peanut (or canola) oil and swirl to coat. When the first puff of smoke appears, add shrimp; cook, stirring, until the shrimp just starts to turn pink, about 2 minutes. Stir in the vegetables (or kimchi), then add the sauce mixture and cook, stirring, until the shrimp is just cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes.

  4. Pour the shrimp mixture over the noodles. Top with peanuts and scallions. Toss together at the table before serving.


Any type of flat wheat noodle can be used for this recipe; for the most authentic taste and texture, seek out a Chinese brand of noodles from an Asian market or a supermarket with a large selection of ingredients used in Chinese cooking.

Dark soy sauce (sometimes called black soy sauce) is thicker than regular soy sauce with a touch of sweetness. Look for it in Asian markets or make a substitute by combining a bit of regular soy sauce with a tiny bit of molasses.

Look for Chinese sesame paste--similar to tahini with a more prominent roasted-sesame flavor--Asian markets.

Go for sustainably raised shrimp. Look for fresh or frozen shrimp certified by an independent agency, such as the Marine Stewardship Council. If you can't find certified shrimp, choose wild-caught shrimp from North America it's more likely to be sustainably caught.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

387 Calories
12g Fat
51g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 387
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 6g
Added Sugars 4g 8%
Protein 20g 40%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Vitamin A 101IU 2%
Vitamin C 3mg 3%
Folate 182mcg 45%
Sodium 585mg 25%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 3mg 15%
Magnesium 61mg 15%
Potassium 308mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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